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A multi-strand bracelet is a wardrobe staple that can instantly elevate your look. When talking about multi-strand bracelets, it means there’s more than one string of beads. For this week, I wanted to expand on my earlier post about the subject as in that post; it was a two-strand bracelet. So this week, I’m going to show you how to create a bracelet that has six different strands and how to manage them all, so you end up with the exact result that you want.
A “six-strander,” as I’m calling it, is a bit chunkier than your average bracelet. However, your bead selection will determine how chunky or non-chunky your finished piece will be. All in, this craft should set you back about $50 (A bit more if you need to invest in the pliers). I already had all of the materials and tools on hand, so I didn’t do any shopping for this particular craft. Next to each item, I’ve included a link to a product that will work at Create For Less (Affiliate Link) or Amazon. I’m only using online retailers at the moment because of the global covid-19 pandemic, but if your local crafting store offers you curbside pickup, that’s a great option too!
What You Will Need:
- Beading wire (Beadalon carries the best wires – like this one)
- A selection of beads
- Eye pins (They are a pin with a loop on one end)
- Headpins (They look like a little nail)
- Split rings (basically a tiny ring that’s open or “split)
- Crimp tubes
- Metal chains (Pick any chain that’s labeled “jewelry chain” or something similar)
- A closure
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For this craft, I chose silver findings, but keep in mind you can pick whatever metal color fits your fancy.
Beading Tools You Will Need:
- Round nose pliers (for making loops)
- Straight or needle-nose pliers (Mainly to grip your work)
- Wire snips (to cut the wire)
- Crimping tool
Generally, you can find kits on Amazon. My only complaint about most plier kits is that they don’t have the crimping tool! So just be aware that you may have to buy that separately. Otherwise, you can crimp the bead tubes with a regular set of pliers; you can check out the full video tutorial from Blue Moon Beads on Youtube.
Alright, now that we have our equipment and our supplies sorted, let’s get into the tutorial!
Step 1: Plan Your Multi-Strand Bracelet Out
I start with a sketch. You can even make a bullet list of what each strand of beads will have. I highly recommend planning this out because you’ll have six wires to keep track of, and you’d be surprised at how quickly it can get out of hand.
If you have a sketch or bullet list, you can simply refer back to it and save yourself the frustration. Especially useful when you get distracted because you can refer back to your sketch!
Step 2: Measure & Cut Your Wire
You might have heard the famous adage in home improvement, “measure twice and cut once.” That saying applies to jewelry making as well. Always measure your beading wire with a few inches to spare. You can cut down the length of wire, but you cannot add to it!
I generally use my own wrist as the model for how long I want my strands, but you can also use a measuring tape if you like. Usually, bracelets are about 7 inches on average for women.
Once you have your six lengths of bead wire, you are ready to move to step 3.
Step 3: String Your Wire
How I like to complete bracelets is to loop closed one side of the beading wire and secure that loop with a crimping tube. I prefer crimping tubes as they are a bit bigger and I find sometimes the crimp beads will break as I’m crimping them onto the wire.
Then you simply string your beads along in the order you would like them on the strand and crimp the other side closed. To get rid of the “tail” of wire, simply thread that back through the beads and trim off any excess.
You’ll have six beaded bracelets when finished that you’ll then connect with your closure. I generally try to keep the same length in all the strands, but you can make some a bit longer and loop them around the shorter strands to create a subtle twisted effect. With my longer strands, I only added about half a length to them, doubling the length may lead to them being a bit more dangly than you’d like for a bracelet.
Step Four (Optional): Include a Chain Strand
You can simply do six strands of beads if you prefer, but another option is to add in a chain strand. In my bracelet, I added a simple silver jewelry chain with some pretty turquoise teardrops. I used eye pins to attach them to the chain where I wanted them.
Step Five: Finish It!
Once you have all your lovely beaded strands closed off from above, you simply need to connect everything to your closure. I chose to do two strands per “loop” on my multi-strand closure and combined them with a split ring. You can also choose to connect them all to a single toggle closure (You may want to look for a bigger piece as it’ll be sturdier) or another type of closure.
As I said above, if you have differing lengths, you may want to loop the longer lengths around the shorter ones, which I have done because I just like the chunkier look of all the strands sort of “intermingling.”
All in, this multi-strand bracelet took me just over one hour to complete. If you are newer to jewelry making, it might take you a bit longer, so just go slow and keep at it! Jewelry making is mostly about practicing what you’ve learned to get better.
I like creating my own multi-strand bracelet because you can customize every component of it. Don’t like red beads? Go with yellow! Don’t like gold? Pick some silver or bronze findings! The possibilities are endless. This tutorial is just designed to inspire you, go out there, and do your own thing! Drop a comment down below to let me know what you have going on or to ask a question, and I’d love to hear from you!
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That’s all for this week! I’m keeping with the jewelry making theme for next week with a post about how to make your very own and very cool clay earrings. Be sure to check that out and until then, stay crafty my friends!!